Oct 17 2009

Kenya’s killing fields

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I just returned from two weeks in and around Kenya. Police killings remain a big story these days; while in country, Nairobi cops gunned down five matatu workers, claiming these bus drivers and ticket takers were part of the notorious mungiki, or the organized gangs that compete with police and local government officials for the right to extort ordinary people in Nairobi and its environs. In response, matatu operators went on strike and for a time the police seemed likely to receive extra scutiny for their routine execution of suspected criminals. Alas, within days the protests withered and the government once more calmly talked of “reforming” police in due course.

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